Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on Catching Up
    "My reading was that the PIRA was desperate to avoid another Official/Provisional war" This would be closest to my reading of the situation too, but I would put this as a kind with the PIRA lacking the will to confront...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The DUP are sounding worryingly statesmanlike (in a "cat that got the cream" sense) after today's meeting with the new Taoiseach. There's also much in the language coming from the DUP MPs (and definitively stated by some Tories -- see...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    If it's the accusation of "wild speculation" that offends you so, then you're going to have to understand that I am coming to that from a position of listening to decades of ill and misinformed opinion by people with little...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Despite your overtly aggressive and condescending tone, I'm going to politely request that you provide some evidence for the speculations that you have made here. You appear to be mixing a lot of personal opinion, speculation (from the unfounded to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Since it's all wild speculation with no way to prove anything conclusively one way or the other, this seems like a fairly silly and circular discussion to me. (Unless some happens to have a tame IRA commander on hand ready...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    (Also partly in response to Martin @181) All of the issues you mention would have taken a long time to resolve (particularly the segregation issue -- see my previous comments, and also Some of the post nuts Martin makes), and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I have (elsewhere) compared the bigotry and sectarianism in Ni to an addiction, and it is of course almost impossible to help an addict until they want to be helped. I don't think that the majority of people in NI...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    "Working together very productively" seen as a relative measure compared to NI history, as opposed to objectively compared to a standard Western democracy (if such a beast exists), is not too far from accurate. They may not have been productive...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The loss of the Portadown News is lamentable (not just for the loss of satire, also because once it's author went mainstream it became apparent that he's a bit of a prick). If you enjoy the Ulster Fry, I'd also...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    My experience is that there has been little reduction in bigotry, we have just got better at segregating ourselves (see my previous posts, also look up how "peace walls" have been erected/extended/enhanced since the GFA) and not putting ourselves in...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Additional point about extremism that I missed earlier: From an external stand point DUP and Sinn Fein appear extreme, within Northern Ireland politics they no longer occupy the extreme ends of the spectrum. So from an internal perspective the NI...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    On the question of Sinn Fein, and how beholden to the IRA they are. There is little to no evidence that the IRA continue to puppet Sinn Fein from behind the scenes (do they have some measure of influence? Probably,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Ah. I see where you're coming from, and yes, I would agree that in a scenario where the British government shoves NI overboard, then Irish re-unification may well become the only viable option. I wouldn't even know where to start...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Final thought for now (relevant to the "gambling with the Troubles" line). Charlie noted @97 that "after about 20 years of this shit everyone was sick of it", and for a time that was perfectly correct (and remains correct for...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Let's say that it's not out of the realms of possibility. But as noted by the Many Naméd One, if someone is trying this then they're gambling with restarting the Troubles, and dealing with a bunch of people to whom...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    As the Many Naméd One alludes to (I think) @135, Brexit was a big factor in the acceleration of NI political polarization. There has been a slow drift to extremes, which I think is actually in part because of the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    And that's only from the Republic's perspective. I can tell you that the actual appetite for re-unification in NI, no matter what the support for Sinn Fein seems to be telling you, is small. Even if they, thought whatever mechanism,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    You predict that the Republic of Ireland will suddenly welcome the festering mess of Northern Ireland with open arms within the next 10 years? I think your crystal ball needs a tune up....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The addition of the Brexit campaign "dark money" scandal (also under reported, should be front page news) makes me wonder who has recently noticed NI as an interesting back door to influence in UK politics. However, having lived here a...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I find it darkly amusing that anyone believes that increased scrutiny, criticism and ridicule of the DUP at the national level will have any effect towards changing their behaviour and policy. Nothing that the media has so far dredged up...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Let's call it the "Yahweh Option": I love you, and I have the power to save you; but only if you follow arbitrary rules and dance to my every whim. Not appealing, no matter the source, no matter the outcome....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Indeed. I've been following the "Brexit campaign dark money via DUP" story as much as I can, for the local interest you might say. Almost strange that it's getting such paltry coverage. Hm....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Apparently the BBC have today suggested that having a beard counts against Corbyn, and on such basis have compared him to Karl Marx and Genghis Kahn. It would be funny, except it isn't. (Also: Please don't red-card Greg, I find...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    It's been a long time since I read them, and I am very very fuzzy on the details, but I think that The Deathgate Cycle -- by D&D authors (though not in that universe) Weiss & Hickman -- have a...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I went and looked: Statstics for the UK seem to either show a slow tailing off of the rate of decline of illiteracy through the latter half of the 20th century, and/or they're vaguely inconclusive once you reach the last...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    It is of course obligatory to reply to any comment about the Messiah with this clip....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The end point of the "why/how can god do/allow bad thing X" is always, from a true believers point of view: God is omniscient, therefore god knows more than we do and understands why "bad thing X" is actually for...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    5) How the Republic of Ireland will cope should the economic basket-case that is North Ireland decide to leave rUK and asks to join the republic? While there are certain Republican and Nationalist (in the Northern Irish sense) elements who...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    If I didn't live here, it'd be hilarious! Imagine the warm and fuzzies those of us watching this from NI feel. I made a comment (buried in this blog somewhere about nine months ago) that Trump and Brexit would be...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Do not underestimate the number of NI voters who would happily vote in Cthulhu itself if it promised to keep "themmuns" in their place and the Union safe. The DUP pissed half a billion (500 million, 500,000,000) pounds of public...
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